Colonial City in Context Walking Tour in Philadelphia

Colonial City in Context Walking Tour in Philadelphia

During the course of this three-hour small group walking tour through Philadelphia's Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods, you will explore the social and political mechanisms that defined the city and set the stage for the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress.

Founded in the 17th century by William Penn as a haven for persecuted Quakers, Philadelphia quickly became the most important city in America. By the dawn of the revolution it was the largest English speaking city in the world outside of London.

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Colonial City in Context Private Walking Tour in Philadelphia

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3 hours


10:00 am on Friday & Saturday


This small group walking seminar is a good introduction to Philadelphia during the colonial period and exploration of the major sites in old city south of Market Street. Let an experienced guide take you on an historic journey through the beginnings of America.




Your tour begins as the city did, along the wharves and with a discussion of the critical figure of William Penn, founding father of the colony of Pennsylvania and architect - in a very real sense - of the city of Philadelphia. Making your way through the well-preserved historic core of the city, past buildings that still stand after more than 200 years, you'll look at some of the key themes that defined Philadelphia in those early years including Quakerism and religious tolerance and unfettered trade.

This guided walk will take the group into several historic houses and house museums along streets dating to the 18th century, and into some of the churches that played a role in the founding of the U.S.A. The tour moves forward through history to discuss how the city evolved socially, architecturally and politically through the colonial period until the dawn of the revolution. By this point the tour should reach Independence Mall where your guide will put into context the groundbreaking developments of the 1770s and 1780s that took place there. Although Independence Hall, which is only accessible on a National Park Service tour, is not included, the tour spends some time dealing with this structure from the outside and looking at some of the recent archaeological discoveries on the mall and elements of various structures, including the West Wing and the so-called "presidents house."

6 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 persons per order. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per person in US dollars.

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There are no refunds. All sales are final.

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If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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August 25, 2017

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10:00 AM